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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup: Division I

State v. Martin

Timothy Martin was convicted of three counts of kidnapping and one count of robbery for forcing himself into a minivan driven by Jessica Sobania.  Ms. Sobania was able to escape the minivan, but Mr. Martine allegedly stole the van with Ms. Sobania’s three children still inside it.  (The children were later found unharmed.)

Mr. Martin testified as the last witness in the case.  On cross examination, the prosecutor elicited testimony about the fact that Mr. Martin had heard all of the testimony in the trial up to that point.  The implication was that he was able to make his testimony fit his defense after having heard what the evidence was.

Mr. Martin alleged that the prosecutor’s conduct was misconduct in that it infringed upon his right “to appear and defend in person, . . . to testify in his own behalf, [and] to meet the witnesses against him face to face” under article I, section 22 of the Washington Constitution.  Mr. Martin urged the Court of Appeals to do a Gunwall analysis (where the court analyzes whether similar provisions in the state and federal constitutions provide different rights) and determine that article I, section 22 of the state constitution provided broader protection than the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

The United States Supreme Court had already decided in Portuondo v. Agard, 529 U.S. 61 (2000),  that eliciting testimony from a testimony from a criminal defendant regarding their ability to tailor their testimony to the evidence was not improper under the Sixth Amendment. 

The Court of Appeals in this case determined that a Gunwall analysis was not appropriate, that the analysis done by the U.S. Supreme Court in Protuondo was appropriate and affirmed the conviction.

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